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Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. USF St. Petersburg Regional Chancellor Christian Hardigree has an office that overlooks Bayboro Harbor. Her task as she settles into the job will be to retain the small campus's unique flavor while ensuring that it remains a vital part of a much larger university.
  2. Adriana Novoa, a USF professor, and Sam Rechek, an undergraduate student filed a lawsuit calling for an end to Florida's Stop WOKE Act. A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the law at Florida colleges and universities.
  3. University of South Florida President Rhea Law said during interviews for her job that hiring a new provost would be one of her top priorities.
  4. Lauren Lemasters directs a question to Sen. Ben Sasse during a University of Florida board of trustees on Nov. 1, 2022, in Gainesville. The resolution to impeach her will not be moving forward after a nine-member committee voted it down.
  5. Trey Harbord, 12, of Clearwater, settles into the surf with his sister, Gracie, 15, while exploring the stormy conditions brought on by Tropical Storm Nicole, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 in Clearwater Beach.
  6. A view from the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida, one of several state universities that have expressed concern about a proposed statewide policy for reviewing tenured faculty.
  7. Sen. Ben Sasse listens to public comments during a University of Florida board of trustees meeting on Nov. 1, where he was selected as the school's next president. The state Board of Governors confirmed the pick on Wednesday at its meeting in Tampa.
  8. From left, Ashley Moody won a second term as attorney general, Jimmy Patronis won a second term as chief financial officer and Senate President Wilton Simpson won the race for agricultural commissioner. (Photos special to the Times).
  9. Tampa philanthropists Carol and Frank Morsani have given millions to local institutions. Their latest gift, announced Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, will benefit the University of Tampa's honors program with funds for a new building, operations and scholarships.
  10. Sen. Ben Sasse  listens to public comments during a Nov. 1 meeting where the University of Florida board of trustees named him president-elect of the school. Most of the speakers voiced opposition to his candidacy, a sign he will have fences to mend — and more listening to do — when he starts the job early next year.
  11. Student Body President Lauren Lemasters directs a question to Sen. Ben Sasse during a University of Florida board of trustees meeting at Emerson Alumni Hall in Gainesville on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
  12. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse listens to public comments during a University of Florida board of trustees meeting at Emerson Alumni Hall on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Trustees voted to make him the school's next president.
  13. U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska talks during an open forum Oct. 10, 2022, at the University of Florida he was chosen as the only finalist to be the school's next president.
  14. Students assemble on Oct. 10 to protest at the University of Florida during a campus visit by U.S. Sen Ben Sasse, the lone finalist to be UF's next president.
  15. Students flooded the lobby of Emerson Alumni Hall at the University of Florida on Oct. 10, 2022, as U.S. Sen Ben Sasse of Nebraska spoke at an open forum about his candidacy to be the school's next president. The demonstration has prompted the university to enforce a rule banning protests inside school buildings when Sasse visits again on Nov. 1.
  16. Students protest inside Emerson Alumni Hall during a visit to the University of Florida on Oct. 10 by U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, the lone finalist to be the school's next president.
  17. Oct. 13• The Education Gradebook
    A view of the robotic molecular screening center at the University of Florida’s Scripps campus in Palm Beach County. The campus will benefit from a $100 million donation announced this week, the largest gift from an individual donor in school history.
  18. State Sen. Jeff Brandes, seen here at his St. Petersburg district office on Dec. 13, 2021, said the University of Florida's recent search for a new president has not unfolded as state law intended. Brandes co-sponsored a bill, recently signed into law, that outlines how presidential searches at public colleges and universities should work.
  19. Aron Ali McClory, a second-year student, leads a chant during a protest outside the President’s Ballroom at Emerson Alumni Hall on the University of Florida campus as U.S. Sen Ben Sasse of Nebraska was scheduled to speak on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. Sasse visited the Gainesville campus following Thursday's announcement that he is the lone finalist to be the school's next president.
  20. In this June 5, 2013, photo, Ben Sasse, then president of Midland University, speaks in the school's gym. At the time, more than 600 of Midland's nearly 1,100 students were on one of its 25 sports teams. Midland's Warrior logo is in the background.
  21. A union study showed average faculty salaries at Hillsborough Community College remain below the Florida College System average. It also found that starting salaries are below that of Hillsborough, Polk and Pinellas county public school teachers.
  22. The Marshall Student Center at the University of South Florida, where officials have named four finalists to be the school's next chief academic officer.
  23. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was announced Thursday as the lone finalist to head the University of Florida.
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